Throughout the summer of 1999, Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" blared from car stereos. The funky pop hit topped the pop charts for weeks, racking up multi-platinum sales. What makes the song's initial success even more astounding is the fact that it topped the charts weeks before an accompanying music video was made. That such unusual success came about through what could be called a casual act makes the song's beginning even more awe-inspiring. Keyboardist/songwriter/producer David Frank had decided to write some songs with songwriter/producer Steve Kipner and Pam Sheyne. Before this first writing session, Frank had accumulated some song ideas. Still, he felt that he needed a song idea that would get the trio's first-time collaboration off to a good start. Waking up at 2 o'clock in the morning, Frank's muse was wide open and six hours later, he'd created the instrumental track for what would become "Genie in a Bottle." One of the song's most arresting features is the rapid 32nd-note bass drum pattern, an arranging feature that Frank used when he was half of the pioneering synth duo the System. When presented with the completed track the next day, Kipner and Sheyne were delighted. The trio decided that a female would sing lead since Sheyne could do the lead vocal on the song demo. Remembering a tape that was passed along to him by RCA executive Ron Fair, Frank suggested Christina Aguilera. Teamed with teenager Aguilera's dazzling, very adult-sounding vocals, it was a can't-miss combination.